New Year’s Tips and #Giveaway CAN 06/01 #ChurchAndDwight #ad

As the New Year’s celebrations are underway, many are either getting ready to go out to parties or getting ready to hold their own party right at home.


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Since time can pass quickly, I thought I’d share some last minute tips that might help!

Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Lotus: With hints of Apple, Wildberry, Grape and Citrus, Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Lotus instantly refreshes your hair between washes by absorbing excess oil from the roots, leaving hair smelling fresh and clean for every and any occasion.

NairTM NourishTM Crème for Legs & Body with Grape Seed Oil & NairTM NourishTM Crème for Face with Grape Seed Oil: NairTM NourishTM Crème with grape seed oil and antioxidant rich Resveratrol provides a luxurious at-home hair removal experience that nourishes the skin. It’s like a spa treatment in the comfort of your own home.

Should you be packing an overnight bag for your little one to stay the night at the sitter, you might want to include a sweet treat.  Yum!  If you do so ensure they enjoy the activity that follows.

OrajelTM Spider-Man and My Little Pony Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste and Manual Toothbrush: The perfect way for your children, to take care of their smiles! Thanks to these beloved classic characters brushing has never been more enjoyable for kids, and surprise gifts have never been easier!

As adults, we should be prepared for ailments or basically  anything that may occur.  At least this is how I feel I should be.  My purse is usually well-stocked so that I am ready to come to anyone’s aid … my home is even better prepared.  I like to be ready for just about anything!

VitafusionTM Men’s and Women’s Complete Multivitamins: Be at your best at all times. VitafusionTM Multivitamins will help ensure your body has the vitamins and nutrients it needs … if you don’t take it presently then start!  It will help you have a happy and successful year.

Arm & HammerTM Truly Radiant Bright & Strong Toothpaste and Battery-Powered SpinbrushTM Toothbrush: This is the only toothpaste with Baking Soda, Fluoride and Liquid Calcium. The brush does more than just whiten – it removes 2X more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Use them together and everyone will want to know the secret behind your gorgeous smile.

DiovolTM Tablets: Enjoy and indulge … and stop heartburn and indigestion in its tracks! DiovolTM Tablets provide effective and quick relief of occasional digestive problems.

OvolTM Regular Strength Chewables: Too much bubbly? Keep these chewables close by to help avoid unwanted hiccups at a holiday party.

RUB·A535TM Extra Strength Heating Cream: Shovelling, sledding, and skating can be harsh on your muscles and joints. RUB·A535™ Extra Strength Heating Cream is effective at soothing stiff joints, sore muscles, and sprains.

Start your own chain reaction!

Trojan™ Chain Reaction™ Lubricant: Ignite your intense passion and watch sparks fly with delightfully unpredictable changing sensations. TrojanTM Chain ReactionTM Lubricant allows you to reach new heights of pleasure with a special blend of intensifiers that keep releasing a variety of sensations during use, providing a unique experience every time. Get ready to work up a sweat unlike any other because with this long-lasting lubricant, you won’t want it to end!

Gravol™ Ginger Lozenges: Should the celebration be near or far, don’t let a bumpy flight or long car ride ruin your holiday travel this season. Pack Gravol™ Ginger Lozenges to prevent nausea and vomiting.

OxiCleanTM Versatile Stain Remover & Arm & HammerTM Baking Soda:  The holidays can be a messy time of year, so share your secret of keeping things fresh, clean and stain-free with OxiCleanTM Versatile Stain Remover and Arm & HammerTM Baking Soda.



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Baby’s First Year Made Easier #ChurchAndDwight #ad

SURVIVING BABY’S FIRST YEAR can be challenging; however, there are several tips for first-time moms to follow.  When I was pregnant (ahem, while ago), I wish I had had more tips/help/support than what I did.  I felt alone, unsure, and quite nervous.

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These tips come from an experienced mom; other then me:

Being a first-time mom can be overwhelming, especially the first year! From post-partum recovery, adjusting to a new sleep schedule (or lack thereof!) to learning to recognize your baby’s cries and wants, the first year is a struggle for even the strongest of women.  Should you choose to breastfeed, it might even be a struggle to get the baby to latch on!  My daughter and I struggled for the first two weeks, and just when I thought I’d give up we had success.

To help make baby’s first year a memorable one for you and baby, these tips will get you through the first milestones with ease:

Take a Postnatal Vitamin
Most new moms walk around in a state of exhaustion. Eating well can be tough when caring for a newborn, so taking a postnatal vitamin can fill in any nutritional gaps and help give you and baby what you need when nursing. First Response Prenatal & Postnatal Gummy Multivitamins are a go-to. They come in an easy to take gummy format – perfect for pregnancy and beyond to provide calcium, and other essential nutrients, like B vitamins and folate.

Recognize and Treat a Gassy Tummy
Babies can be quite gassy, passing gas more than 20 times a day! With plenty of opportunity to swallow air whenever they feed, or suck on a pacifier and cry, it can be challenging to prevent gas buildup. But keeping the baby’s head higher than its stomach when feeding, and burping them often can help minimize it. Using a slow flow nipple if bottle feeding or working it out through a gentle massage also works, but in a pinch, try Ovol Drops. They provide gentle and fast relief of colic, bloating or gas by helping to break up gas bubbles that causes the discomfort. You should only use Ovol Drops on the advice of a doctor.

Baby’s first tooth? Ensure a good sleep for you and baby.
As early as 3-months, babies can begin teething, causing discomfort and disrupted sleep for both mom and baby. A trick I swear by is Baby Orajel Homeopathic Teething Gel. With the soothing power of Chamomile, this teething gel offers safe, effective and naturally-derived medicinal ingredients for your baby to treat you both to a full night’s rest.

Give new moms the support they need
Being exhausted and a teething or gassy baby are all things new moms struggle with but don’t mind admitting to or talking about, but what about those unspoken issues that you’d rather keep to yourself, things like, um, postpartum hemorrhoids?

Did you know that around 25 per cent of women; who develop hemorrhoids after giving birth, still have them at six months postpartum[1]? Although it may be embarrassing, that doesn’t mean that you should suffer in silence since there are things you can do to help you relieve the symptoms.

TIP: Try applying an ice pack (with a soft covering) to the affected area several times a day or soak your bottom for 10 to 15 minutes in a warm and relaxing bath to decrease swelling and discomfort. You can also try an over-the-counter medication such as Anusol Plus* ointment or suppositories to soothe and ease the burning sensation, and help reduce the swelling of hemorrhoid tissue. Anusol Plus* even has an anesthetic to help provide that extra pain relief over other over-the-counter treatments. It’s important to note that you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Anusol products. Moms must unite, so next time you meet a new mom, don’t be afraid to have those real conversations and share some of these tips – I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.

Since I had my baby (ok, ok, 19 years ago), I have always tried to share tips/suggestions to new moms … as long as they were receptive.  To help make baby’s first year a little less stressful, I recommend taking everything in stride.  It’s ok to let go; a little, of everything (responsibilities, laundry, cooking, etc) because this moment in your life is special; especially if it’s your first.  You should enjoy every single moment.  If you need to order in dinner then so be it.  You might want to hire someone to clean for you; perhaps you have family or friends that will volunteer to help?  Whatever you have to do to make it easier for you is perfectly fine.  Don’t feel like you have to do it all because you don’t!  Your job right now is to take care of yourself (healing after childbirth) and doing everything for your baby.  This mom and baby time is very important; it’s bonding time. Take this time for you.  You deserve it.  Your baby deserves it.  Congratulations mama!

*Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before use

Put Your Best Self(ie) Forward #ChurchAndDwight #ad

Gone are the days of shoving embarrassing holiday photos in a drawer never to see them again.  I know it’s hard to believe but it’s true! Whether its Instagram, Facebook or everything in between, you can’t hide from an onslaught of holiday photos. I bet you’re thinking – so, what’s the secret to selfie success? It’s the prep you do even before the presents are wrapped and the stockings are hung by the chimney with care…!

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GroupShot_ENDon’t let a stain spoil the occasion
Get the kids to pick out their holiday outfits well before the festivities begin. Truthfully, everyone should do this just in case!  Nobody likes to find a stain on their favourite outfit, or worse, notice it once a photo has been taken. Have them check for stains and spills and use Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean 3-in-1 Power Paks to get the job done. OxiClean stain fighters help to remove stains, plus the formula freshens and deodorizes with the freshness of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.  Our household has been fighting our stains with Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean 3-in-1 Power Paks for the past 60 loads (or so) and we’re very happy with the results.

Keep up the good smile
Maintaining good oral health shouldn’t be reserved for the holidays. However, if you need to brush up (pun intended) on your smile, I suggest switching to the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pro Pulse Brush. Can you believe that its brush removes two times more plaque than the regular, manual brush? That’s because its head spins around as you brush to reach back corners. When paired with Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Bright & Strong toothpaste, you’ve got a winning combo to strengthen and clean.  This way you can smile your best for that selfie, teeth showing!

Cut down on prep time
Beauty prep, that is. If you’re like me, that fabulous blow out only lasts a day before you need to rinse and repeat. Until now. Dry shampoo is the latest trick up my sleeve. I love Batiste Dry Shampoo — it instantly refreshes hair between washes by absorbing excess oil from the roots and leaving hair looking and smelling clean and fresh. Now I no longer stress when I’m running behind schedule and don’t have time for a full wash or styling session before heading out to visit the in-laws. Batiste Beautiful Brunette dry shampoo plus a hint of colour compliments medium, brunette and auburn hair tones.  Perfectly genius!  In fact, my daughter and I both like to use Batiste Dry Shampoo.  We both have extra long hair so cutting down on hair washings is actually essential because the natural oils and moisture will; otherwise, dry out.

I’m not really a selfie-phenom but taking the perfect selfie seems to be the only thing that is important in my daughter’s world.  My daughter; and her friends, strive to “show off” their better side (whichever side that is) and then post it on social media for the world to see … and ‘like’.  Looking good makes up a large part of that success so I proudly give her the tools to do so.